>> welcome to the "journal" on dw. >> coming up in the next half- hour, german authorities take steps to ban the far right npd party, but could backfire? >> supporters and opponents of the egyptian president clash in the center of cairo. >> a new international puts agrees as the most corrupt country in europe -- but greece -- puts greece as the most corrupt country in europe.
>> germany is mulling over whether to try to outlaw a far- right party accused of stirring up anti-immigrant sentiment. minister >> to go formal step toward banning the national democratic party, -- ministers took a formal step toward banning the national democratic party, the npd. some worry that prohibiting the party could backfire. it could drum up sympathy for the far right. >> the ministers are united in their call for a ban on meat npd. they reviewed extensive -- on the npd. they reviewed extensive documentation before making up their mind. >> i never would have thought they were so anti-democratic or anti-semitic. or so oriented towards violence and so unconstitutional. we have been discussing a ban for 12 years.
now we have a lot of material to go on, much more than ever before. >> the ministers will seek to the government's support for the ban. one federal interior minister said they have a good case, but he admits there are risks. >> the danger is that these proceedings could give new life to a party that is clearly on the decline. >> next, germany's premiers must decide if they want to follow the recommendation. experts say the process to outlaw the npd could take years. >> ok. peter craven has more from our parliamentary studios. does this mean the npd party will be banned? >> it is difficult to say. i can say it is want to be a long and winding road. the people who support this ban are hoping that both government and parliament will rally around and support it, too.
angela merkel is meeting here in berlin tomorrow with the chief ministers of germany, -- germany's 16 federal states to discuss, amongst other things, this precise issue. i can say that angela merkel -- it is a well-known fact -- she is cautious and cagey about this push for a ban. they remember how a bid to get a previous -- a previous bid to get the party banned in 2003 failed. a repeat of that is precisely the thing that people want to avoid. >> the npd is not a major force in german politics. why the push to ban them now? >> because of the terrible revelations we have had about far-right wing terrorists operating out of eastern germany. you mentioned they killed 10
people, including nine members of the immigrant community. racial hatred was certainly their motive. there are revelations or allegations of links to the npd in the person of a former npd spokesman in tan eastern german state. he will be facing charges of aiding and abetting the murder spree, those nine killings. the link between the political party in a terrorist cell was a signal -- the political party and the terrorist cell was a signal that the party is too violent and must be banned. >> how do germans feel about it? >> it will be a long road until we get 1. >> thank you for joining us. the israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu has arrived in berlin, where he is expected to face criticism for his plans to expand settlements in the west bank and east jerusalem.
before then, he stopped off in the czech republic. >> prague was the only government to vote no on the palestinian bid to gain non- member status. >> chancellor angela merkel has sought to reassert -- reassure the party's traditional wing. >> chancellor merkel's party conference went just the way she scripted it. was reelected chair with a record vote. there was no doubt criticism of her -- no loud criticism of her. >> our discussions here, especially on the outline we put forward, show that the christian democratic union is a foundation
for a strong germany, a journey in which everyone gets a fair chance -- a germany in which everyone gets a fair chance. >> the party has rallied behind her ahead of next year's election, including traditional conservatives who have been could assert -- critical of her positions at times. >> we would be foolish not to take advantage of the recognition that the chancellor and joyous -- chancellor enjoys. >> the party did make some changes to the line up behind the chancellor with a re- shuffle of the executive board. >> there are a lot of new faces, women, people with immigrant backgrounds. i am happy that our party is now more reflective of our country's diversity. >> chancellor merkel can rest assured that her party is behind her. even before the campaign begins in earnest, she will have our hands full with the eurozone debt crisis and other problems
-- have her hands full with the eurozone debt crisis and other problems. >> protesters clashed with mohamed morsi's supporters, amid a growing crisis over the draft constitution. but a referendum on the draft constitution will go ahead as planned, despite the unrest. but that might not be enough for protesters. they are calling on president mohamed morsi to step down and for the document to be dumped completely. >> there were scuffles between anti-government demonstrators and pro-morsi activists trying to break up their protest. u.s. secretary of state hillary clinton has called on the sides to settle their differences through dialogue. she warned that the government must deliver on the promises made during the revolution. >> ultimately, it is up to the egyptian people to chart their
way forward. we want to see a process that is inclusive and a dialogue that is truly open to a free exchange of ideas that will further the democratic process in egypt. >> but six months after mohamed morsi took power, many egyptians are losing patience with their islamist leader. >> he should gather his papers and leave the palace. he is not qualified for his position, both him and his party. we had high hopes, but he is not up to the job. but these protesters -- >> these protesters reject the call to discuss changes to the draft constitution. they want the documents scrapped. there is a planned recommend him -- a planned referendum. >> the death toll from a typhoon that ravaged the philippines has
risen. rescuers battling to reach survivors. >> the typhoon has left a number of areas inaccessible. an evacuation center was wiped out in the floods. >> in parts of the south philippines, entire villages lie in ruins. typhoon bopha has left thousands of people homeless. many are still missing home -- missing loved ones. this man was separated from his mother. he says the last thing she said to him was "i love you." bopha battered the coast with winds upwards of -- with wind. >> the floods were rushing towards us. we did not think it would turn out that way, so we did not evacuate.
>> even those who did evacuate were not safe from the storm. around 50 people died in the city of new bataan when a flash flood hit an emergency shelter. the storm has weakened, but the search continues for the hundreds of people still missing. the amount we will take a look at what the european commission is doing to fight -- >> we will take a look at what the european commission is doing to fight youth unemployment. >> foreign ministers have been meeting in brussels to discuss the withdrawal of troops from afghan. at issue is how the training and employment of local security forces is to be funded. all nato troops are set to be pulled out of afghanistan by the end of 2014. >> the people of thailand have been celebrating the 85th birthday of their king. he made a rare public appearance in bangkok before tens of thousands of well-wishers. in every speech, he appealed for unity and stability in the divided country. he has reigned for 66 years.
>> a bush fire in australia has threatened homes in northern sydney. firefighters had contained the blaze, which caused traffic problems as thick smoke blew across the city. according to local media, officials believe the fire was started deliberately. the european commission says it is doing more about youth unemployment, which stands at almost 24%, more than 3.5 million people under the age 25 in the eurozone. >> the eu executive presented a proposal for all member states to offer so-called "youth guarantees," ensuring training for young people in the few months after they leave school or lose a job. >> waiting rooms are full of young people. the crisis has hit them hardest. in countries like spain, up to one-half of young people are unemployed. under the european union boss
proposed scheme, everyone under 25 who applies -- european union's proposed scheme, everyone under 25 who applies would be guaranteed a job or training within four months. >> we have to invest in europe's young people. we cannot afford to leave them. we have to give them the skills and experience they need to help them to get a job. >> the eu wants to fund the sceme -- scheme with money from the european bond. many are skeptical of the plans. >> i do not believe the suggestions will be successful. employers will be afraid of giving people work, so it will hurt those it's trying to help. >> whether it will really create more education and training programs is still unclear, as
the suggestions are only recommendations to eu member states. >> bayern face off against a byelorussian team tonight. >> boresoff beat them in november. bayern are in top form. >> as if they were not scoring enough goals already, goetze is ready to go. he is first choice again in the champions' league. bayern are looking to top the group with a victory. >> i am confident we will take the situation seriously and do our best to take first place so that we have the first leg in the next round away from home, which is a big advantage.
>> badstuber will be missing after an injury. he will be replaced by another german international. that speaks volumes about their depth. as for their opponents, they were beaten by them 3-1. they are fired up, nonetheless. >> it is not every day you play against one of the biggest teams in the world. the team is excited. we want to show what we can do. >> it will not be a walk in the park for bayern, but it should give them a good workout, with tougher challenges ahead. >> we will be back with a look at transparency international's report on corruption around the globe. >> then there is more from doha on the international climate conference.
>> welcome back. a study out today is being called a warning signal for the entire eu. it says that member states need to be far more transparent when it comes to government finances and relations with banks and corporations. >> transparency international's annual index on state sector corruption listed greece as the most corrupt in the eu. >> nordic countries have once again come out on top. the study shows danes, finns, and swedes are unlikely to request bribes or to bribe anyone else. most european union member
countries actually did relatively well in the end to corruption index -- the anti- corruption index. germany has improved one notch to number 13. greece is standing has dropped -- greece's standing has dropped. somalia, north korea, and afghanistan are considered to be the most corrupt in the world. the report said, in greece, public confidence in the authorities had dropped significantly. >> there was this list where it emerged that former finance minister christine lagarde, now the imf chief, pastelist to her greek counterpart of people who were evading taxes, but -- passed a list to her greek counterpart of people who were evading taxes, but it was never pursued.
>> politicians and officials are taking bribes, even as austerity programs continue. >> earlier, i spoke to the research head at transparency international. i asked which country had made the most progress in the last year at overcoming corruption. >> it is difficult to single out individual countries. what we want to focus on is the countries that stay at the top of our index. we have the scandinavian countries, countries like new zealand, where the commitment access to information, to the justice system working, to open budgeting, are long standing. the government show a long-term commitment. we have seen countries like nepal and sunoco and ivory coast move up from a very low level to higher levels -- and set a goal p-- and senegal and ivory coast move up from a very low level to higher levels. >> is there no improvement in burma? >> countries at the bottom of the list are really challenged
in terms of giving their citizens' basic access to services that are corruption- free. countries like that need to show citizens it is safe for them to have freedom of association, to express their concerns about corruption, and to have trust that the institutions will work for them. >> when we look at europe, some of the lowest-ranked countries are the ones suffering from the debt crisis. is there any connection? >> greece and italy are also on the list. year after year, the country's perform the poorest -- the countries perform the poorest. greece pays many more bribes per year and higher amounts than anywhere else in europe. in those countries, public institutions need to change. we need financial accountability to citizenry. >> denmark is the least corrupt country. what does germany need to do to improve its position?
>> the world is waiting for more attention to the u.n. convention against corruption. that means ratification. it is not ok that germany has not ratified this treaty. it is important to look at some of the other activities that politicians and those in the justice system are involved in. it is important to know about that in terms of complex of interest that may emerge in their public sector -- of conflict of interest that may emerge in their public-sector work. >> eu anti-trust regulators have imposed fines on alleged cartel of -- on an alleged cartel of electronics companies. >> tv sets with cathode ray tubes are not new anymore. the past has come back to haunt some of the electronics
industry's biggest names, samsung, lg, and philips among those found guilty of price- fixing. the eu says the pushed up prices for consumers by fixing the prices. >> these tubes accounted for 50% to 70% of the prices of the screen. this gives an indication of the serious harm. >> the eu noted that executives filled all the stereotypes of cartel behavior. >> this is why they did everything they could to hide it. they met in the so-called green meetings. they took very often on the golf course -- they often took place on the golf course. >> philips has said it will challenge the 300-million euros
penalty in court. >> we have this report from the frankfurt stock exchange. >> economic data from the eurozone confirms weakness. the economy in finland has slipped into a recession during the last quarter. the belgian economy only managed to stagnate. the services sector in the eurozone only managed to slow down its contraction. the transport companies, trade companies, and other companies of the services sector are far from being able to report a change of trend to the positive. no wonder that the stock market in frankfurt did not really get into gear this wednesday. an exception was made by these stocks -- the stocks of nokia. it announced an exclusive deal with china mobile, the world's largest mobile-phone services provider. they have more than 700 million subscribers. >> let's take a quick look at
some market numbers. the dax ended the day at about -- up about 1/4 of 1%. euro stoxx 50 closed just a a tad up. -- just a tad up. the dow jones is at 13,076. the euro is trading at 1.3079. >> un generate -- un secretary general ban ki-moon is calling on nations to come to an agreement about how to stop global warming. he made those comments at the climate talks in qatar. and he is trying to break a deadlock between the countries who are attending. >> our reporter has been talking to some delegates. >> at a climate summit press conference in doha, indian -- this indian spiritual leader described the effects of climate change in the himalayas. he says melting glaciers and a loss of bio-diversity are signs
that the world cannot ignore, signs that drove him to do more to help the environment. >> giving the blessings to the people and healing that is not enough. i have to do more. the whole world is suffering from this climate crisis. >> he always carries holy water with him. he says it has stress-relieving properties, and that could be needed here. negotiators have come from all over the world. u.n. secretary general ban ki- moon is also here to push the talks forward. delegates were shown a bleak video portraying the terrible effects of climate change. few expect any breakthroughs here. instead, environmental groups put on a sarcastic performance, handing an award to the biggest contributors per-capita to climate change, new zealand, canada, and the u.s.
1 lebanese activist is one of the demonstrators. in his home country, climate protection is a side issue. conflict in the middle east and the civil war in syria take up the headlines. he wants to change that. >> if we take down a dictatorship to establish a democracy and i do not have a plan to live on, what shall i do with democracy? -- have a planet to live on, what shall i do with democracy? >> negotiations remained deadlocked. it is hoped that a new climate treaty will come into force in 2020. no one can yet said what that will look like, but protesters are refusing to grin and bear it. >> earlier, we spoke to our correspondent. we asked whether there had been any progress at the conference. >> there is very little progress in terms of a new climate
treaty, one that will bind all nations to cut their greenhouse gas emissions. there is little progress in terms of credit financing -- climate financing. there were 2.2 billion euros pledged to help with mitigation in poorer countries. today, we heard that germany followed suit and has pledged some 3.6 billion euros. for the poor countries, that is at least partly a success. bennett is europe still taking the lead and had other countries when it comes to -- >> is europe still taking the lead ahead of other countries when it comes to climate protection? >> europe does not speak with one voice right now. germany wants to come to more ambitious reduction targets. they want increased their
targets to 30%. right now, they stand at 20%. poland, in particular, is strongly opposing this. right now, europe is not speaking with one voice and cannot give any momentum to these talks. i am actually quite pessimistic that anything substantial will come out of these talks in terms of cutting greenhouse gases. >> thank you very much for joining us. the legendary jazz pianist dave brubeck has died just one day before his 92nd birthday. >> the he recorded jazz classics and he performed with the likes of duke ellington and ella fitzgerald. >> that's it for now. see you soon. captioned by the national captioning institute --www.ncicap.org--